Kate Macintyre

Dr Kate Macintyre

Dr. Kate Macintyre has worked in public health, evaluating and monitoring infectious disease programs, for two decades. A health policy analyst, social scientist and demographer by training, she started out as a freelance journalist based in Kenya. She co-founded and ran an NGO in northern Kenya from 1985 to 1990. She holds a Master's and Doctorate in health policy and demography from the University of Northern Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1997, she joined Tulane University’s faculty in the School of Public health and Tropical Medicine. She has provided technical assistance in how to improve the measurement of all three diseases from the global to the community level. She has worked on research projects in Latin America, Eastern and Southern Africa. In 2012, she became Aidspan’s second executive director. Her interests include understanding the political economy of global finance, health system programming at country level and how we measure the impact of those programs.

Executive Director

Research Unit

Senior Systems Officer

Cleopatra Mugyenyi

Cleopatra Mugyenyi came to Aidspan in 2014 with more than 10 years of international experience in biomedical, implementation, and operations research across HIV, malaria and sexual and reproductive health. In her capacity as Senior Research Scientist Cleopatra is responsible for implementing AIDSPAN’s third strategic objective: "Increase understanding and provide feedback on the New Funding Model to strengthen the roll-out process and make it more objective".   She is involved in the production and communication of evidence to a mixed audience of policymakers, practitioners and researchers, and is responsible for data management and analysis along with the training and supervision of researchers.  Prior to joining AIDSPAN, Cleopatra was a research manager with a track record for developing projects and building research capacity.  She has extensive NGO board and coordination experience and a passion for empowering young women and developing young scientists in Africa.

Senior Research Scientist

Research Officer  M&E

Illah Evance

Illah Evance is the senior monitoring and evaluation and research officer at AIDSPAN. He provides technical guidance in the design and implementation of M&E systems and activities within the organization including strategies, plans, indicators; data collection and information management tools and training; quality assurance mechanisms; and related budgetary tasks. He holds an MSc in medicine-epidemiology from the University of Witwatersrand. Illah's background is in health, organizational development and systems strengthening with over 11 years of international experience supporting health systems research for influencing policy and practice. Prior to joining Aidspan in 2014, he was an M&E technical advisor for Pathfinder International.

Senior M & E and Research Officer

Systems Analyst

David Garmaise

David Garmaise is a senior analyst with Aidspan, based in Thailand. David has been working in various capacities for Aidspan since 2004. He is a writer by trade; he started his first newsletter at the age of 10, creating each copy by writing the text longhand. David has been working as a consultant in the HIV field since 1996. He was for several years editor of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Policy and Law Review. David has a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University, majoring in history and political science. Before becoming involved in HIV, David spent 18 years as a civil servant with the Canada Post Corporation. As senior analyst, David regularly reviews documents prepared by the Global Fund, and documents prepared by other organizations about the Fund. He also authors reports and guides on various topics, and contributes articles to GFO and GFO Live. David is a past editor of GFO.

Senior Analyst

Editorial Unit

Editor in Chief

Lauren Gelfand

Lauren Gelfand started at Aidspan as editor in chief in September 2013. She has worked in strategic communications and media on four continents over the last 15 years. She received an MA in Journalism from the University of Colorado in 1999. Lauren has a background in highly technical journalism, including a stint as a defense correspondent with Jane's Defence Weekly: the preeminent trade publication for the military industrial sector. Lauren began working in health program development in 2009 after emigrating to Kenya, and earned an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2013. Her goal as the editor of Global Fund Observer is to watch not only the design and development of policies at the global level but also how they translate in countries, to ensure the highest possible impact of every dollar spent to combat AIDS, TB and malaria.

Editor in Chief


Outreach Unit

Senior Programme Officer1

Angela Kageni

Angela Kageni joined Aidspan in 2007 seeking to enhance the role of local organizations as independent and professional watchdogs. She is now the senior program officer leading Aidspan’s work on in-country accountability. Her goal is to advocate for more open country level systems that allow external critique and analysis. She aims also to make local data more accessible, usable and easier for people to analyze the usefulness of aid money. Angela has worked on health analysis and advocacy since 2004, across 20 countries; she is passionate about gender-focused research and is now a budding transparency and accountability expert. She earned her BA in Environmental Studies and Community Development and a Master's degree in Management and Leadership. She has been a Global Fund grant implementer, has served as a CCM member, as technical advisor to several task forces that advised and critiqued CCM governance systems in her native Kenya.

Senior Programme Officer

Samuel Obara

Samuel Obara is a senior program officer in Aidspan's Outreach Department. His main task is to  work with country-level partners to strengthen accountability and citizen participation in resource tracking for health financing, especially as relates to grants from the Global Fund. Samuel has wide experience on issues around health equity, governance  and social justice  in Eastern and Southern Africa. He holds a Master's degree in Medical Sociology from the University of Nairobi. Prior to joining Aidspan in 2014, Samuel was previously involved in youth and adolescent projects with AMREF and received certificates of recognition from the Government of Kenya and the University of Oslo- Norway. Samuel has an extensive background in advocating for the rights of older persons and shared in the honor of the award of the Conrad N. Hilton prize in 2012 to HelpAge International. Samuel believes that for the Global Fund to be as effective, and efficient, as possible, there is need to strengthen in country accountability structures.

Senior Programme Officer


Data Analytics Unit

Senior Systems Officer

Kelvin Kinyua

Kelvin Kinyua is Aidspan's senior systems officer. Before joining the team in 2010, Kelvin was a lead software engineer, and carried out research and development for market leaders in the software development industry. Born and raised in Kenya, Kelvin is a graduate in Computer Science and Engineering from Maseno University. He also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the United States International University (Africa). Kelvin is passionate about building sophisticated software that scales with ease, cryptography and database technologies, and using this technology to improve the lives of others in developing countries. At Aidspan he leads the data analytics team, responsible for designing and building innovative web tools. These innovations seek to enhance knowledge, transparency and understanding of Global Fund processes and data.

Senior Systems Officer

 Systems Officer

Bobby Kimutai

Bobby Kimutai has worked with Aidspan since 2014 as Systems Officer,because he believes Aidspan's reach will help developing world countries have a better understanding of how global financing can assist in the fight against HIV, TB and malaria. He graduated in software engineering from Kenyatta University in 2012 and is currently pursuing post-graduate study  in project management and planning at University of Nairobi. In his career as a Software engineer, he has been privileged to work on a number of IT projects involving development of new software features, customization of open source software,  integration of applications and support of IT applications. He has a interest in IT project management and mobile application development. Away from his desk, he enjoys reading,music and nature excursions.

Systems Officer

Finance and Administration

Finance & Admin Director

Wambui Munene

Wambui Munene joined Aidspan as Finance and Admin Director in June 2010. She is a certified public accountant (CPA (K)) with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Before joining Aidspan she worked at increasingly senior levels within the private sector, including within Safaricom (the largest company in East and Central Africa), where she was Manager of Revenue Assurance, responsible for overseeing the accounting and financial control of all revenue streams and for implementing strong controls to prevent and detect fraud. She has received a number of awards, including best Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education candidate in her district, and Best Lady Accountant from the Association of Women Accountants of Kenya.

Finance & Admin Director

Admin Officer

Lois Njuguna

Lois Njuguna has been Aidspan's admin officer since 2007. She came to Aidspan from the Kenya Network of Women with AIDS (KENWA), where she was the admin manager and served on its management committee and board of directors. Lois also spent seven years admin manager of the Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO). She has a Diploma in Management.

Admin Officer

Office Assistant

Joseph Musyimi

Joseph Musyimi has been Aidspan's tireless office assistant since 2008. Prior to joining the organization he worked for the Poverty Eradication Network. He has a certificate in ICDL from Kenya's College Institute of Advanced Technology.

Office Assistant

Data Entry/ Program & Admin Assistant

Brian Mwangi

Brian Mwangi began working at Aidspan in 2014 as a data entry and program assistant. He is currently pursuing a degree in Economics and Statistics.

Data Entry/ Program & Admin Assistant